SIGNAL Blogs

October 3, 2008
By H. Mosher

The October issue of SIGNAL magazine is now available. You can read available web articles by visiting SIGNAL Online's Table of Contents

Direct Hit Quotes for October:

"What we don't want to do is give commanders history lessons."-Col. Chuck Mehle II, USA, commander, Joint Transformation Command for Intelligence, JFCOM, in "Laboratory Integrates Intelligence."

October 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

Alenia North America Incorporated is being awarded a firm-fixed-price contract not to exceed $287 million. This requirement is for the acquisition of 18 refurbished G222 aircraft to support the Afghan National Army Air Corps. The procurement also includes an initial inlay of spare parts and ground support equipment to support the fleet; technical manuals in English and Dari; two Very Important People modules; technical publications support; engineering studies; mission support kits; and contractor logistics support services.

October 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Army has exercised $152 million in contract options for 12 additional systems from Lockheed Martin in order to accelerate the fielding of the new Enhanced AN/TPQ-36 Counterfire Target Acquisition radar. The EQ-36 radars will detect, classify, track and determine the location of enemy indirect fire such as mortars, artillery and rockets in either 90-degree or 360-degree modes.

October 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a firm-fixed-price, 31-month contract from the U.S. Navy for additional improved capability III airborne electronic attack systems for its fleet of EA-6B Prowlers. The contract has a potential value of more than $125 million.

October 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

Herley Industries Incorporated's subsidiary, Micro Systems Incorporated, has been awarded contracts valued at $8.2 million from Naval Air Systems Command PMA 208 of Patuxent River, Maryland. The award is for additional system hardware and target transponders to replace units that have been consumed in normal operations of the System for Naval Target Control (SNTC) and for sustaining logistics and engineering support of the products that have previously been delivered.

October 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

ViaSat Incorporated has been awarded an additional order valued at approximately $7 million for multifunctional information distribution system (MIDS) terminals from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego. MIDS low-volume terminals are part of a tactical radio system that collects data from many sources and displays an electronic overview of the battlefield using secure, high-capacity, jam resistant, digital data and voice.

October 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

iRobot Corporation has received an order totaling $5.8 million under its current xBot contract with the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI). This is the fifth order under the $286 million, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) xBot contract, which will deliver spare parts and accessories for iRobot's PackBot 510 with FasTac Kit.

October 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

TeleCommunication Systems Incorporated (TCS) has received $5.4 million from the U.S. Army for satellite communications equipment and services to support military transition teams (MiTTs). MiTTs embed and train with Allied forces in the war on terror and advise the Allied security forces in the areas of intelligence, communications, fire support, logistics and infantry tactics.

October 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

Syracuse Research Corporation has been awarded a $95 million contract to develop and maintain the sensor beam program by the U.S. Air Force Information Operations Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, 453rd Electronic Warfare Squadron (EWS). The purpose of the contract is to provide expert analysis and support to four electronic warfare databases. The 453rd EWS provides electronic warfare data to the entire U.S. Defense Department.

October 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

The Boeing Company has received a $15 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop advanced targeting capabilities for the B-52 Stratofortress. The software upgrades will include improvements for transmitting video and targeting information from the targeting pod to friendly forces and will reduce flight crew workload. These capabilities will enable better close air support for ground troops and prepare the most versatile aircraft in the U.S.

October 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

ICx Technologies has been awarded a $12 million follow-on contract as part of the U.S. Army's multi-billion dollar Base Expeditionary Targeting and Surveillance Sensors-Combined (BETSS-C) program, which is run by the Asymmetric Warfare Office. ICx will send additional Cerberus mobile surveillance towers for use at bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

October 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded a $7.5 million U.S. Navy Systems contract to provide engineering services for military satellite command and control at the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC) headquarters; the Satellite Operations Center in Point Mugu, California; and its facilities in Colorado, Maine and Guam. The contract has a total potential value of $57 million over seven years if all options are exercised.

October 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

TeleCommunication Systems Incorporated (TCS) has received $7.8 million from the U.S. Marine Corps to provide additional Wireless Point-to-Point Link (WPPL) systems for troops deployed in Iraq. The TCS WPPL systems provide Marine Corps communicators with secure point-to-point and point-to-multipoint, line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight transmission of voice, video and data communications.

October 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors is being awarded a $117.1 million, cost-plus-award-fee, fixed-fee contract for Aegis combat systems engineering to support the Government of Spain under the Foreign Military Sales program. Services will include the necessary combat systems engineering, computer program development, ship integration and test, logistics technical services and staging support to deliver a variant of the U.S.

October 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

VT Halter Marine Incorporated has been awarded a $393.7 million, firm-fixed-price, not-to-exceed modification to a previously awarded contract for the detail, design and construction of three Fast Missile Crafts for the Egyptian Navy.

October 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Incorporated is receiving a $28.3 million, firm-fixed-priced contract for the production and delivery of Identification Friend or Foe, common digital transponder hardware and associated platform integration and testing consisting of three RT-1835 AN/APX-117(V) common digital transponders for the Government of Thailand; two cryptographic units for the Government of Japan; and other devices for the U.S.

October 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

EDO Communications and Countermeasures Systems Incorporated is being awarded a $40.3 million modification to a previously awarded contract for the production and support of 555 JCREW 2.1 radio-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED) electronic warfare (CREW) systems to meet urgent U.S. Defense Department requirements in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

September 29, 2008
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems has received a $742 million U.S. Army contract to remanufacture more than 300 Bradley vehicles with additional armor to protect soldiers. The award brings the total value of BAE Systems' 2008 Bradley remanufacturing contracts to $1.3 billion for 578 vehicles. Bradley Combat Systems provide survivability, mobility and lethality to U.S. soldiers in close-combat urban situations as well as in open combat.

September 29, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a $120 million contract order for delivery of LITENING Gen 4 targeting and sensor systems and related equipment to support the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command and the U.S. Marine Corps. The order was the first Gen 4 award under an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract by the 647th Aeronautical Systems Squadron, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

September 29, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin has received an $8.9 million contract from the U.S. Navy to produce and support low-cost conformal arrays (LCCAs) for use aboard submarines. The LCCA is a passive planar array mounted on the aft submarine sail structure and integrated with the Acoustic Rapid COTS Insertion (A-RCI) AN/BQQ-10 sonar system. It provides situational awareness and collision avoidance for improved tactical control in high-density shipping environments.

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